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from San Francisco, CA to Chicago

You can get from San Francisco, CA to Chicago by train, bus or flight.

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Travel Information from San Francisco, CA to Chicago

distanceDistance1849 miles (2983 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$202 - $268
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $202 (€161) • 53 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $204 (€162) • 4 h
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, frontier airlines or Amtrak

Travel 1849 miles (2983 km) by bus, flight or train to Chicago from San Francisco, CA. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 4 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $202 (€161). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Greyhound, frontier airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from San Francisco, CA to Chicago.

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FAQs
What are the ways to get from San Francisco, CA to Chicago?

There are 3 ways to get from San Francisco, CA to Chicago: bus, flight or train.

How far is Chicago from San Francisco, CA?

The distance is approximately 1849 miles (2983 km) from San Francisco, CA to Chicago.

What are the departure and arrival points in San Francisco, CA and in Chicago?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from San Francisco, CA to Chicago:

    Who can get me from San Francisco, CA to Chicago?

    Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from San Francisco, CA to Chicago:

    • You can go to Chicago from San Francisco, CA by bus with Greyhound. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $202 (€161) with Greyhound from San Francisco, CA to Chicago on Omio.
    • You can travel to Chicago from San Francisco, CA by flight with frontier airlines. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $204 (€162) with frontier airlines from San Francisco, CA to Chicago.
    • You can travel by train to Chicago from San Francisco, CA with Amtrak, and you can find Amtrak San Francisco, CA to Chicago tickets for $268 (€213) on Omio.
    What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from San Francisco, CA to Chicago?
    Omio customers who travel from San Francisco, CA to Chicago often also extend their vacation to go to New York City, London or Paris. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Chicago and these popular destinations at a great price.
    How far in advance should I book my San Francisco, CA to Chicago one way ticket online to get the best deals?

    When planning your trip from San Francisco, CA to Chicago, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

    • Bus tickets cost on average $202 (€161) one way.
    • Plane tickets cost $204 (€162) one way on average.
    • Train tickets are costing on average $268 (€213) one way.

    However, we recommend buying tickets from San Francisco, CA to Chicago online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

    What is the cheapest way to go from San Francisco, CA to Chicago?

    The cheapest way to travel between San Francisco, CA and Chicago is by taking a bus with an average price of $202 (€161).

    This is compared to other travel options to Chicago:

    Taking a bus is about $2 (€1) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $204 (€162) for this journey.

    A bus is generally $66 (€52) less than a train for the same route. Taking a train costs on average $268 (€213) from San Francisco, CA to Chicago.

    What is the quickest way from San Francisco, CA to Chicago?

    The fastest way from San Francisco, CA to Chicago is by flight with an average journey time of 4 h.

    There are alternative travel options to Chicago that can usually take longer:

    In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 53 h 45 min.

    In comparison, going by train can take 52 h 50 min   on average.